social distance diaries: days 106-112

you know the drill… wear your mask.

Day 106, Monday

Kitty is still adjusting to being a single cat. Another weird, sleepless night where she kept calling for me.

Despite the tiredness, I was in the mood to dance. Spent an hour playing Just Dance and got a proper sweat session. I’m too anxious to run for fear of hurting myself and ending up in urgent care (wouldn’t be the first time), so my workouts have been limited to walks, yoga (when I can focus), and lately resistance band circuits. Dancing is a nice change.

Spent $75 on summer dresses to enhance the sans pants life. I’m tired of wearing the same three t-shirt dresses I’ve been wearing for three years.

Day 107, Tuesday

A quick morning laundry session as I struggle to find the best way to limit laundry time… it’s tough when you have to borrow your partner’s laundry machine because you don’t have your own and don’t want to risk the laundromat.

Learned that one of my aunt’s had a stroke last night. We’re not particularly close, but it’s still troubling to learn of a third person that I know having an attack in as many weeks.

Day 108, Wednesday

Learned my aunt’s stroke is COVID related and she’s been moved into a special unit for recovery. My uncle and cousins have to get tested. We’re not particularly close, but I hope they recover. Unfortunately, they’re the sort of people that were having house parties with more than the county-recommended 10 guests or less. They all probably got it at a Father’s Day party. Not surprising.

More troubling for me, my sister needs to get tested after one of her coworkers tested positive. She lives with my dad and her mom, both of whom are in vulnerable categories. I’m trying to remain calm and hope she didn’t have contact with that person.

Had to teach my mom how to use Zoom so she can meet with her doctor next week. Some of her chronic issues have been causing some concern. I hope it turns out to be nothing.

Day 109, Thursday

Planning meetings for future reopening of the university. I’m not going to stop working from home any time soon, but I’m part of the review committee to ensure a safe return for students and staff when we start to reopen.

My cat has been acting odd. Vet was closed by the time I called, so I’m going to have to call Friday morning and hope that they’re open. Otherwise, it’s going to be a complicated weekend… I really don’t need more complications.

Day 110, Friday

Took the cat to the vet and he couldn’t find anything obviously wrong with her. Gave her b12 and a steroid in case it’s inflammation or arthritis. Also gave her some fluids in case of dehydration and said to return on Monday if she doesn’t change.

Went to the cardiologist for myself in the afternoon… had an echocardiogram and stress test done (the tech asked “do you ever have chest pain?” while doing the echo, so there’s that… but the stress test was fine.). Sent home with a 24 hour Holter monitor.

Day 111, Saturday

Kitty is not eating much, though the b12 should’ve opened her appetite. I suspect she has a hairball again (there was a big one about two months ago). I have to monitor and see what happens this weekend. I am so tired of being worried about everyone lately.

Day 112, Sunday

Late to bed = late to rise. All the noise was hard to handle and I had a migraine that made it even harder to fall asleep. Finally, rolled out of bed around 9, which meant a late start for everything… A less productive weekend than I wanted, but I managed to have a few pomodoro editing sessions.

If my neighbors actions during the weekend is any indication, we’re in this pandemic for the long haul…

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Author: gricel d.

writer. librarian. cat lady.

3 thoughts on “social distance diaries: days 106-112”

  1. I really, really can’t understand why people are being blasé about this whole thing. The actions of your neighbors (as told through instagram stories at least) are just insane. My sister-in-law in Minnesota and her husband just threw a giant fourth of july party for hundreds of people like they do every year, with a pot luck and fireworks. Apparently her husband spends thousands on this every year and he wasn’t going to miss it for a little thing like covid. UGH. And now that SIL and her daughter are planning to come here to visit us next weekend, when they haven’t had two weeks to isolate to make sure they didn’t get it. I want to go home! Despite being in a county with only 36 cases, I felt safer down in SA, at least I did when Morrigan wasn’t working, and he’s not working anymore. I’m tempted to pack us up and move us back already. This is just nuts. 😦 I hope your sister, aunt, uncle, cousins, and mother are all okay, Gricel!!

    1. Ugh. We were afraid my boyfriend’s relatives were going to turn up from Texas and I was rolling my eyes because they were planning to fly from one hot spot to a hotter spot. 😦
      I’m seeing more emails from companies requiring masks to visit their stores, so here’s hoping the business side can influence local gov to mandate masks.

      In a twist of epic proportions… my uncle doesn’t believe my aunt really has covid because none of them have developed symptoms, and he’s sure it’s a conspiracy by the hospital to charge more for her stay. *sigh* I don’t think you need to imagine what end of the political spectrum he rests on.

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